Covid 19

We have just restarted a limited club night, as of the 21st of October.The venue we are using at the moment is the Sir David English Leisure Centre (part of BH Live), on East Way, Bournemouth. BH8 9PZThe sessions are on Wednesday evenings 8:30pm to 10:00pm. Please note that these are NOT turn up and play sessions. All places have to be booked in advance via the Playwaze website, courtesy of Badminton England. As the cost to hire these courts is very expensive compared to our normal venues, each session is £6.00 per player. If you do not attend, you will still have to pay. If you cannot come after having booked, it is important that you cancel your booking on the Playwaze site, so someone else can take your place. As long as someone is available to take your place then you will not have to pay.We currently have 24 spaces each week, but could add more if the demand is there.If you would like to go, you will need to first of all register on the Playwaze site. You then need to click on Activities/Club Night/Date you want to go then click on “I am going”. If the session is full up, you will go into the resereve pot and will be notified if a place becomes available.Please note that we have special Covid rules in place for these sessions as per guidance from government and Badminton England.

It is up to each and every player to NOT book into a session (or to cancel it ASAP) if you have any symptoms of covid19,  however mild, or are having to self isolate. Every player attending MUST read the risk assessment below and agree to follow all the rules. In particular, there will be NO physical contact with other players including NO hand shaking or high fives at the end of a game. Shuttles allocated to your bubble must NOT be shared with other bubbles. Equipment must not be shared. Face masks must be worn when entering and leaving the leisure centre and players must socially distance by 2m at all times except whilst playing on court. No spectators are permitted (except a single parent/carer of any juniors, who are not anticipated to attend at this time anyway). Whilst you may use toilets, you are not allowed to use any changing room facilities, including the showers.Players will be allocated to a bubble in advance by myself, or by our assistant covid officer, Massimo D’Angelo. Players can ONLY play with other players from their own bubble, against the bubble that you have been allocated against. Any rotation within your bubble is okay, but if you are not playing, then the 2m social distancing rule must be kept to. Each bubble will have two courts to use and can rotate to allow all players to have an equal number of games. Please take it in turns to play and rotate to allow as much variety as possible. We can in the future have a more rigid format of play IF players are not happy with doing it informally between themselves. Please note that there may be some new players joining us with unknown ability at this time. Be kind and do not get upset if they are not up to your expectations! We will probably all be very ropey  and unfit having not played for quite a while anyway!! DO NOT change ends!

If you would like to attend, you must also read the following risk assessment.risk-assessment-FlukeySDE

4th Annual Rovi Jongco Cup!

This years fundraising badminton tournament is on Saturday the 22nd of June, in the Roy Moore Sports Hall, at the Harewood College site.

Registration is from 9:30am and games start at 10:00am. Finishing time including presentations will be approximately 4:30pm.

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All club level players and above are welcome to attend. You get a full days worth of badminton and DO NOT get knocked out in early rounds. The finalists are selected on the cumulative number of points scored with sudden death at 21 points.

The entry fee this year is £15.00, as we have to cover extra staffing costs at the venue.   All money raised (less direct costs), goes towards the purchase of defibrillators, which are installed at venues where badminton is played. So far we have paid for two defibrillators and they cost around £1,000 each!

If you would like to join us, please let club secretary Russell Clarke know ASAP. You can email him by clicking here or respond to the Facebook event here.


Rovi defibrillator No. 2!

I attended the Avonwood Primary School this afternoon for their Golden Assembly.

The photograph is of myself (Russell Clarke), along with headmaster Chris Jackson.


This was to explain to the children and staff who Rovi was and to talk to them about the new AED (automatic emergency defibrillator). This has been funded by us from the Rovi Jongco cup tournaments which we hold each year. This one cost £1.049.00 and is a special version that can actually be used by children.

Some of you may be wondering why we have funded an AED for the primary school, which is not used for badminton. The reason for this is that it is part of the Avonbourne Trust group of schools, who paid for the original defibrillator that was used on Rovi just a week after it was installed. So we have in effect now funded that one instead.

Avonbourne Trust have kindly given us use of the sports hall for the next tournament, which should be back to it’s normal time of the year (June/July), even though they will no longer directly be benefitting from the proceeds. Due to the rules of the trust, we will however have to pay a small amount to cover the staffing costs for the afternoon only, as the trusts rules do not permit them to cover things which don’t benefit them.

Thank you again for everyone who has supported us in our efforts to install AED’s, whether by donations, or by attending the tournaments. Rovi’s widow Sheila is extremely appreciative that something positive has come from a very sad situation, as indeed am I. Rovi will also be appreciating it too!


New date for Rovi Jongco fun tournament

The Rovi tournament will now take place on Saturday the 10th of November at Harewood College, starting at 10am. Entry fee is £12 for a whole day of Badminton and all money raised goes towards the purchase of defibrillators that are installed at venues where Badminton is played. If you would like to take part please contact the Flukey Feathers club secretary Russell Clarke on 07780-449544 or email here: